Interview with Eliza David

What's the story behind your latest book?
My upcoming project is the final (yes - FINAL!) book in the Cougarette Series – my debut collection. The series focuses on a 43-year-old divorcee finding love again with a 25-year-old man. Books One (The Cougarette) and Two (Cougarette in the Country) are both witty and steamy reads. Book Three (Cougarette Takes Manhattan) was released on May 1st and Book Four (Cougarette On Top) drops on June 26th.

All four books are currently available here on Smashwords and the fifth book will drop sometime in August 2015.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working my day job, raising my babies with my husband, staying as fit as I possibly can, and - of course - my main drug of choice: READING!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations, mainly. Also, by immersing myself with fellow self-pub indie authors, I get gifted with lots of free books. Gives me a chance to explore other genres outside of my own.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - my best friend and I worked on a sort of fan fiction. In high school, we had really HUGE crushes on select members of the R&B groups Jodeci and Boyz II Men. One day, I brought a plain 40-page spiral notebook to school and we traded it back and forth, compiling a romantic saga. You'd be surprised at the level of erotica two Catholic schoolgirls can come up with. Raging hormones helped immensely!
What is your writing process?
A timely question (as I am about to begin a first draft this week). I start with a six-part plot summary (a la the Snowflake technique, but with my own personal spin). I sit with the summary for a couple of weeks, play around with it until I am...somewhat happy with the story that unfolds. After that, I use it as a guide (not a bible) and plot out my book - chapter by chapter - with post its on a foamboard. I bang out the keys until I hit a minimum of 50K on the first draft; I always end up adding words during the second draft. After that second draft, I record myself reading each chapter so I can hear how the words flow. I do a final rewrite from there and then a final read-through. Typically, I go through a minimum of three drafts before I release the final product.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first book that really hit me was Judy Blume's Forever. My mother gave me the book and I read it in two days. Then, I read it again with a highlighter. I still have that copy and I also have a slightly worn hardcover second edition I found at a thrift store years ago for a dollar. That book taught me so much about how to be a woman and how to love someone without them becoming the center of your universe. Women tend to forget that it's OK to come first (#Giggety) sometimes in your relationships. Forever was a timely lesson that never goes out of style. I can't wait to buy a fresh copy for my daughter (because I'm being buried with my hardcover!).
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly romance, but I do adore YA, women's-centered mysteries (Laura Lippmann is a fave of mine in that genre), biographies, and self-help.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
#TeamKindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think the best technique is putting yourself out there and networking with other indie authors. it's a very giving community, in my opinion. There are bad apples in every clique, but I've been fortunate to learn a lot from communicating with those in the literary trenches with me.

Also, social media rules all! You have 500 FB friends? 250 IG followers? Give a few of them your book for free. Let them be your street team. It takes nothing to ask for a repost or a review. If a friend of a friend tells me that your book is great, I'll be more willing to spend 2-3 bucks to read it.
When did you first start writing?
I think I've been writing since I've been reading. I started with writing music lyrics when I was a small child. My first song was called Pinks My Favorite Color. I still sing it to my daughter...because it's her fave color (I've moved on to scarlet red, myself). Then I began writing fan fiction in high school, followed by music and movie reviews in college. Then life got too busy and I became just a reader. I'm happy I decided to pick up the pen again and created The Cougarette Series. I hold it so very dear to my heart and I hope my readers enjoy devouring it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Published 2015-06-15.
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Books by This Author

The Cougarette
Price: Free! Words: 54,060. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Forty-something Cecelia 'CeeCee' Banks meets twenty-something Jay Weston. Sparks fly until a single camera click threatens to ruin their love affair. Read along as CeeCee attempts to save her career and her relationship, all while becoming an unwilling media sensation known as The Cougarette!